The Greek City of Ghosts

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Among the Jews of a land in crisis Politico – By David Patrikarakos THESSALONIKI, Greece — They call this place the City of Ghosts. For centuries it was a major trading port, second only to Constantinople in the Byzantine Empire. Then in 1430, the Ottomans came, bringing with them Islam and its minarets. Sixty years later, Ferdinand and Isabella of ... Read More »

Conversation continues on end of life options for the ACT

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The ACT is unlikely to be a trailblazer on the issue of voluntary euthanasia, according to a Canberra academic The Canberra Times - Megan Doherty, City reporter for The Canberra Times University of Canberra associate professor in the school of law and justice, Dr Wendy Bonython, believes the ACT will have to wait for the states to make laws on voluntary euthanasia or assisted ... Read More »

Bolivian football chief arrested in corruption probe

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The president of Bolivia’s Football Federation has been arrested as part of a corruption inquiry, officials say. BBC – Carlos Chavez is also the treasurer of the South American Football Confederation, Conmebol. Bolivia began investigating its football federation after a major corruption scandal broke out involving the sport’s world governing body Fifa. More than 20 Bolivian football executives have given ... Read More »

Turkish PM promises to bring ‘Ottoman order, justice’

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has vowed to bring the “order and justice” of the Ottoman Empire to today’s world. Hurriyet – Video “God willing, we will bring the order and justice of the Ottomans to today and into tomorrow,” he said while congratulating party members at his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Istanbul headquarters for the Eid al-Fitr holiday ... Read More »

Iranians prepare for new life after end to Western sanctions

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For book lovers at a recent exhibition in Tehran the “Buy Direct From Amazon” poster summed up their plight: if something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Hurriyet – TEHRAN – Agence France-Presse Iranian consumers, unlike millions who use the U.S. online retail giant’s global websites every day, cannot click and buy. Besides lacking credit cards, they ... Read More »

Indigenous Australians want treaty, not constitutional recognition, says elder

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The winner of the Naidoc week lifetime achievement award, Tauto Sansbury, says 60% to 70% of Aboriginal people do not support the Recognise campaign The Guardian – Oliver Milman @olliemilman A majority of Aboriginal people would prefer a treaty with the Australian government rather than constitutional recognition, according to an Aboriginal elder whose advocacy has been recognised during Naidoc week. Tauto ... Read More »

US Supreme Court decision really takes the cake

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A salutary example of how legislation for homosexual “marriage” will affect those with conscientious objections is the plight of Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Portland, Oregon. OnLineOpinion – By Babette Francis State Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, the state’s top labor official, ordered them to pay a lesbian couple for emotional and mental suffering ... Read More »

Hundreds call for Hagia Sophia to be converted into mosque in Istanbul rally

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Hundreds of people demanded that the historic Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum be converted into a mosque during a rally in Istanbul on May 24. Hurriyet - ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency People gathered outside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, in the historical Sultanahmet district, with some carrying signs that read: “Hagia Sophia needs to be reopened as a mosque,” and “Let our lives be ... Read More »